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visiting San Diego, one day to climb J Tree - recommendations?
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Nov 28, 2013
My wife and I will be in San Diego on a business trip in mid-February. We'll have an afternoon free during the conference, and will add a day onto the end of our trip to go out to Joshua Tree climbing. We're looking for easy to moderate sport climbs, 5.6 to 5.10d, single or multipitch.

I see some areas listed in or close to San Diego. Which would you recommend for our free afternoon?

We'd like to maximize climbing and minimize driving on our day at JT, so we're looking to climb in one or two areas rather than sample a bunch. What are good areas with lots of routes in the range we're seeking?

We're used to climbing in the Canadian Rockies. Any idea how JT grades compare? (I.e., are ratings sandbagged so we should be looking for easier routes, or are they pretty comparable?)

How is the weather there in February?

Thanks for any pointers.
Lee Green
From Edmonton, Alberta
Joined Nov 24, 2011
62 points
Nov 28, 2013

The weather at Joshua Tree in February is like the rest of the winter - usually climbable, but can be too cold or windy or snowing (infrequent) to climb. You'll have to wait and see, but your chances of climbing there are good.

Since you have limited time there, you should get this guidebook, which has an excellent sampling of climbs there. Not as comprehensive as the other guidebooks, but a good book, nonetheless:

Many Joshua Tree climbs are stout for the grade.

From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
284 points
Nov 29, 2013
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If your into moderate sport climbs, JTree might be more effort than reward compared to the bolted areas around SD county. Save your gas and visit El Cajon mt. Or corte madera or valley of the moon. Don't get me wrong I love JTree and try to spend at least a week a month in the park. I just wouldn't go with my rack. Of course there are some good sport lines it's JTree but compared to the concentration of sport routes at those SD crags... To me a no brainer.

For an afternoon of bolts in SD hit the gorge and trust your feet. Grades are moderate sometimes soft. JTree is the opposite to me. Moderate sometimes a little spicy. I climb 5 days a week, pm me if I can help out further

Enjoy and be safe
From Carpinteria, CA
Joined Apr 29, 2013
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Nov 30, 2013
Take a look here. SD climbing topo's Jonny Z
From Pacific Beach
Joined Nov 11, 2009
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Nov 30, 2013
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Indian campground at J Tree. Get topo at the local super friendly climbing shop. Sunny, easy approach, some classics, top rope options. saguaro sandy
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Nov 30, 2013
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The route finder on this website is a great tool - just type in the parameters you're looking for and voila - C Miller
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Dec 5, 2013
Thanks for useful info, folks. It'll be easier to sit through those days in windowless meeting rooms knowing what I'll be doing after the conference! Lee Green
From Edmonton, Alberta
Joined Nov 24, 2011
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